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The novelist Alaa Al Aswany places his emigré characters in post-9/11 Chicago. chicago has 11 ratings and 2 reviews. Meron said: I loved this book! First of all it was amazing reading about the historical context of post 9/11 Americ. Chicago (Arabic: شيكاغو Shīkāgū) is a novel by Egyptian author Alaa-Al- Aswany. Published in Arabic in and in an English translation in The locale.

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The essential gift book for any pet lover – real-life tales of devoted dogs, rebellious cats and other unforgettable four-legged friends. Danny Stornig marked it as to-read Oct 30, Trained as a dentist in Egypt and Chicago, it took him 9 years to earn his degree from Chicago National University where he spent 17 years in his life, al-Aswany has contributed numerous articles to Egyptian newspapers on literature, politics, and social issues.

To ask other readers questions about chicagoplease sign up. We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. Salah left his girlfriend Zeinab to immigrate to America in the 70’s however his marriage with chocago American wife faces problems. In The Yacoubian Buildingthat place is an apartment complex in Cairo, a microcosm of post Egypt.

An impending visit by the president of Egypt produces all sorts of plot possibilities, setting off a good deal of subterfuge. But the American characters are scarcely believable, being thinly drawn caricatures who speak in a wooden manner, representing competing points of view and nothing more.

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Yet Al Aswany has his own magic. One doctor still regrets having failed even to take futile steps decades earlier, while one student now takes some risks in trying to at least send a message to the present-day regime. Get the best at Telegraph Puzzles.


Al Aswany wrote in a fearless manner, especially when it came to sexual and political matters. Nagi, whose sympathetically portrayed combination of radical politics and literary dreams must surely be close to Al Aswany’s heart; Shaymaa, a high-achieving but sexually gauche student ao whom the incorrigibly bumptious general’s son Tariq has fallen in love; Danana, president of the Egyptian Student Union in America, and in the pay of his country’s secret police, who wields his aswwni with obnoxious swagger and has managed to bag himself a wife from an affluent family.

Menna marked it as to-read Jul 26, Since the publication of his successful debut The Yacoubian BuildingAlaa Al Aswany has become one of Egypt’s most celebrated writers, a vocal opponent to the corruption and nepotism that have characterized President Mubarek’s regime.

I am on chapter 4 and struggling with this book. Shayma a rural girl at her 30’s chicagl unmarried pursue an intimate relationship with Tariq.

Review: Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany – Telegraph

Retrieved from ” https: Sukhdev Sandhu sinks into a gripping, steamy aoaa occasionally soapy novel from one of Egypts bestselling writers. Political activism also crops up repeatedly, from the cruelly powerful representatives of the government who try to pressure all into quiet obeisance to those who look for opportunities to oppose the Egyptian powers that be.

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But if he were destined, just once, to cross to the other side and to walk among them, he would see one of them writing letters to his wife, another looking at his children’s photos, and a third shaving and humming a tune. His second novel, The Yacoubian Building, an ironic depiction of modern Egyptian society, has been widely read in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.

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Ibticem Tlili added it Jun 05, It was an apartment block in downtown Cairo in The Yacoubian Building; in Chicago, it’s the campus of the University of Illinois Medical Centre, where the author studied dentistry in the Eighties.


This article needs additional citations for verification. Unfortunately, too, the sex descriptions are generally of the very cringe-inducing sort: This book is not yet featured on Listopia. The multiplicity of those stories is very much to the point: Their storylines are connected through the Department of Histology at the University of Illinois, and histology—the microscopic study of cross-sections of biological tissues—offers a fitting analogy for Al Aswany’s narrative technique: A is the most compelling character in the book – a thug and a bully in the tradition of Chicago mobsters like Al Capone, someone who stands out from apaa swarming cast whose desperate, transforming lives Al Aswany depicts with wit, passion and moral ardour.

A white professor is involved with a young black woman who cannot get herself hired and falls into the hands of an exploitative photographer. I don’t want to take you from work.

The issues covered in the personal problems of the character include everything from the treatment of the Coptic minority in Egypt which forced one character to abandon the career he originally chixago hoped to pursue and chiacgo expectations of female virtue outside of marriage to the long reach of the Egyptian secret police.

Magdalena added it Oct 15, Mozher Jebri marked it as to-read Sep 10, Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany. Sep 15, Meron Semere rated it it was amazing. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The funniest scene in the book is the encounter between Nagi and a prostitute that ends in mutual disappointment: